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Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Guigne Chevres 2020  - First Bottle

Reviews

93 Wine Enthusiast -
This vineyard-specific wine is tightly textured. Strong minerality comes through crisp, young herbal flavors. A wine for aging, it really should only be drunk from 2024.
93 Vinous -
Seamless, satisfying and seductive, this is a full-bodied style that remains light as a feather. The 2020 Sancerre Guigne-Chevres is pulled tight on the finish by its acidity and structure. There is a slight element of heat at the end, but this remains a superb wine. I'd be pretty pleased if I'd made it.

Technical Details

  • BlendSauvignon Blanc
  • WinemakerJean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionLoire
  • AppellationSancerre
  • Farming MethodCertified Biodynamic
  • Alcohol14.5%

Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Guigne Chevres 2020

Sauvignon Blanc  |  France
WE93, VN93

Certified Biodynamic
Act Fast, Only 40 Left!

It's that time of year again! Every year we yearn for the moment our Vacheron allocation arrives and today is the day! Our allocation gets smaller and smaller and the price continues to climb as demand for these wines has reached fever pitch. The last vintage racked up a superb 96 point score from Wine Advocate (the review for the 2020 is coming any day now), the Guigne Chevre is cellar-worthy in a way that few dry sauvignon blancs could claim, this offering is further proof that Sancerre is more desirable than ever. The Vacherons are a tour-de-force making the finest wines in their long history.

The Vacherons have reached the top of the Sancerre pyramid, with few peers anywhere in the Loire as respected and admired. This new single-vineyard bottling of Guigne Chevres is always one of our favorites, and the glorious 2020 vintage is no exception. First, the bad news: this is one of the smallest parcels in the Vacheron’s single-vineyard series, and while we’ve worked some magic to get the lion’s share of everything imported to the U.S. – that is still just a shade over 10 cases. But, we just couldn’t wait any longer to share this singular wine with you, so you’re gonna have to trust us and grab yours before they’re gone.

There’s a lot going on at the moment in the town of Sancerre much of it, thanks to the Vacheron family. Currently in construction, the new Vacheron multi-million dollar state of the art winery, restaurant, and hospitality center will serve as a statement to the great white wine producers of the world – don’t sleep on Sancerre. The Vacheron estate has always been known for making wines of dazzling purity and elegance, but since this fourth generation pair of Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique took over day-to-day operations, Vacheron has ratcheted up to become the very best producer of Sancerre (our opinion, of course, but one shared by many and more everyday)!

“Jean-Dominique and Jean-Laurent Vacheron have blown, like fresh air, a breath of biodynamics across their 48 hectares of vineyard since they took over the estate from their parents. In almost the same breath, they have turned it into one of the most respected estates in the region. Their cellars at the top of the hill in Sancerre have a romantic charm…Beyond their lovely Sauvignon Blancs, they also have 11 hectares of Pinot Noir and make some of the most admirable red wines of the central Loire.” - Joel Payne, Vinous

Guigne Chèvres is located just around the corner from the family’s foundational ‘Les Romains’ vineyard on a northeast-facing slope near the summit of the exposed hilltop. The extreme winds have caused these 30-year-old vines to grow very close to the ground, reminiscent of a series of bonsai shrubs, staggered across the silex dominant soils, mixed with red clay and limestone. The site's name comes from the local French patois, meaning “to look at goats”, as the steep slope remains a favorite grazing spot among the local herds.

This is a striking, aromatically rich, refined, and seamless sauvignon blanc that flat out purrs with aromas of white peach, grapefruit zest, golden plum, struck flint, tarragon and lime leaf. Silky mouthfeel, with an impressive weight, density, tension, and electric verve that bodes for a long and beautiful development over the next 15 years…easy.

About the Producer

Great-grandfather Maurice Vacheron tended a few vines back when Sancerre was but a stop on a village road. His son, Jean, was the first of the family to specialize in producing wine, paying particular attention to the influence of terroir on Sauvignon Blanc. Jean's sons, Denis and Jean-Louis, solidified the Vacheron name in Sancerre, showcasing the family's talent with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Today, Denis' son, Jean-Laurent, and Jean-Louis' son, Jean-Dominique, have taken the estate to a whole new level of quality, championing biodynamic viticulture and selecting singular vineyard parcels that the family has observed for generations (and planted with their own hands) to bottle as single-vineyard wines, to showcase the heights that Sancerre can reach. 'Les Romains' was one of the domaines first single vineyard bottlings. The vineyard is made up of pure flint soils, rich in fossilized material that contributes minerality and smokiness to the wine.